What State Do You Live In
I made the decision to reside in Michigan many years ago; I enjoy living in this part of the country. I was born and raised here, then married and raised my children here.
One of the reasons I love it so much is that I'm comfortable here. I know the highways and surrounding cities pretty well. Even when I get lost and feel a little confused, I know if I don't give up and I keep going, I will eventually find my way to a familiar street and then get back on track again.
Though I traveled a lot more in ministry after my kids were grown, and was occasionally offered good paying pastoral positions in other states, I knew this is where I belong. It was a choice I made based on prayer, my family, close relationships, the church I attended and the calling of God on my life. (A side note here, the Lord made it clear to me early in life, to never let money be the determining factor in any of life's important decisions.)
As I think about what's happening in the world today, it seems like there is even greater confusion encircling people's minds than when I was young.
People are confused about their identity, gender, where they came from, where they belong and where they are going.
Some people are paying out huge sums of money for professional counselors and advisors, to tell them who they truly are, if they're in relationship with the right person, if they should divorce, and on and on.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's wise to seek godly counsel. I've experienced my own share of confusion in my lifetime, but I've come to the realization there is One place I can go that brings clarity to my mind, peace to my soul and never steers me wrong.
You guessed it; it's the Word of God. You have the God-given power within you to choose which state you want to live in. You can set down roots in the State of Confusion, where your enemy the devil can keep you going in circles and never experience the fulfillment of the call of God on your life, OR you can choose to live in the State of Peace, where the Spirit of God rules and reigns. The choice is yours.
I Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace…
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…